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217 Today: Recent rains aren’t enough to erase drought conditions across the Great Plains

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • State Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman says she’ll retire in July after 48 years on the bench at every level of the judiciary.
  • The best-funded candidate in the Illinois Republican primary for governor Monday dodged questions about his support for Donald Trump and Roe v. Wade.
  • Supporters of abortion rights in Champaign-Urbana gathered Sunday to advocate for reproductive rights after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.
  • Officials at the Champaign County Jail say they are moving inmates out of the downtown Urbana facility as they prepare for its closing.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how recent downpours haven’t been enough to erase drought conditions across the Great Plains. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Charlie Schlenker, Alex Degman, Luis Velazquez, Madison Holcomb and Elizabeth Rembert.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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